CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER

If Only It Were as Simple as ‘Make Art Not War’

Commerce and Politics Battle for the Hearts and Minds of 21st-Century Artists

“Is it an obligation of the artist to address war in a time of war?” Artillery editor Tulsa Kinney opened a Zócalo/MOCA discussion in front of an engaged and curious crowd at MOCA Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles with this question. After all, she pointed out, we live in a world of both Jeff Koons (“who makes balloon dogs”) and Thomas Hirschhorn, whose installation Chromatic Fire is currently on display at MOCA and who “finds it is his mission to shove the world’s malaise down our throats.” Kinney turned first to panelist Ehren Tool, an artist and Gulf War veteran who has made over 18,300 ceramic cups since 2001 that he gives away for free. His work is heavily influenced by both his Marine Corps service and the fact that there are new generations who have returned from war, …